Many rich people have bad backs after hours of stooping down counting money at their desks, not knowing that there are tools out there that help them have a better time counting. In the same roots as a previous article, here I present to you the best high end ergonomic chairs for bad backs.
On the reals, sitting in an office chair for prolonged periods of time can cause various of problems, and one of them is a bad back. An office worker constantly leans in, stoops down with their head forward due to the nature of his work being closely related to the high usage of peripherals, and that creates a certain kind of negative static posture that increases stress in the back, neck, shoulders etc. They do that every day for a few years and voila, an ouch every time they bend down to pick up the soap.
Slouching over or slouching down while sitting in the chair become a norm for most office workers or those who sit in front of the screen a lot like gamers, however it’s an unconscious act. They can’t help themselves into a correct posture, it’s only a matter of time until the need of leaning forward to see whatever on the screen clearer pops up again. Thus ergonomic chairs are needed.
You’ve all heard about ergonomic chairs, ergonomic keyboards, ergonomic mice, ergonomic peripherals – the word ergonomic itself has become somewhat a gimmick, to imply that certain tools, or to be more precise, certain office tools (which is where most of the ergonomic-[insert product] market focuses on these days) are to be placed on a whole separate category compared to their counterparts. However that isn’t always the case. Ergonomics is actually everywhere in our day-to-day life, most of us have just accepted that norm and hidden the word itself. In this article I will explain the misconceptions about ergonomics as well as the history behind it.
In my previous article I’ve mentioned plenty about it, but in the off chance that my article has not gone viral and reached your eyes, I will re-introduce the definition again.
Ergonomics comes from two Greek words ERGOS (work) and NOMOS (natural law). Loosely translated, it means the rules of work. Essentially, it is the science of integrating efficiency, comfort and safety to create a better workspace – designing the job to fit the worker, rather than forcing the worker to fit the job, which would ruin work efficiency as well as risk overspending for training and insurance covers. It emphasis the physical relationship between people and tools, ensure the proper use of computer and alleviate injuries – however that’s not the end all be all as most people like to think. Ergonomic principles can be applied to any task that puts your body to work, from doing your household chores to the daily routines of your job, and parts in relation to computers are just extensions.
When one thinks of ergonomic products, the average person doesn’t think of actual ergonomic products and what benefits they provide – they look at the grotesque, curious, uncomfortable looking tools that should not and need not be designed to appear the way they do. It’s similar to placebo effect, you let expectations place strong holds upon your experience of a certain something and get disappointed afterwards. And sure, it’s not easy to distinguish good and bad ergonomic products or the stylistic ones from each other, as overpopulated a market as this. However, you can still selectively point out the tops, bottoms and unique ones of the bunch, as in most categories.
First of all, one needs to know what ergonomics is and what exactly an ergonomic contains. Unless you’ve been living under a rock and not read my hard-worked pointless discourses, you’d not realize that I’ve never once defined the term Ergonomics in all of it’s glory.
Let’s start with deciphering the word by breaking it down. Many English words are combinations of 2 or 3 or more, and this is not a rarity. The word ergonomics comes from two Greek words: Ergo stands for work and Nomos stands for laws. The two combining into the literal meaning of work laws. This is not necessarily work laws as in corporate laws or office rules, not exactly. The “laws” here is used loosely, to be used also in phrases like “nature’s laws” the same way it will be used here. It refers to how a working environment should look like.
In essence, ergonomics is the process of designing or fitting a workplace to the user’s needs, as it aims to produce and increase efficiency and reduce discomfort of the products and systems put in place so that they fit the people who use them more. In short, it’s a science focused on the study of human fit, and decreased fatigue and discomfort through product design. A product designer who want ergonomics applied into their objects must take into consideration how the products they design fit the people that are using them. No matter the environment, a good product increased comfort, productivity and ease off stress off of it’s users.
Hello, fellow 2017-ers! Alright, that’s it for the welcome. Now, straight to business, after thousands of words of ramblings and well-disguised rants from a certain very handsome Japanese person, I’m still not too sure that standing desks are really on people’s mind yet. So, it turns out good looks is not enough...
...Well, that also mainly because not many have had the pleasure to read my articles yet, but, alas, that’s besides the point, since indeed working while standing is still a relatively new concept to home office workers or white collar workers in general. Adding to that, what can one man really do but keep on putting out propagandistic blocks of text to inform you about the good effects of products that he deems of great importance to an average human’s health consistency and work efficiency? Albeit, this article takes a more unusual route. In essence, a short guide to help you maximize ergonomics as a standing desk owner or a soon-to-be one, and in that way, help you realize the benefits of it all.
If you come here and are intending to actually read what’s below, congratulations, your 2017 version of new year’s solution is either getting rich enough to have a larger place to live for yourself or make full use of the tiny cubicle you’re holed up in, which is usually referred to fancily as studio apartments, or studio flats for Her Majesty the Queen’s servants. Or people, I don’t know.
First thing first, before falling down the rabbit hole into Wonderland, you need to understand this: a studio apartment is a small apartment, but not all small apartments are studio apartments. A small apartment can just be a single apartment, a type of low-end living quarter similar to the aforementioned studios.
To the tens of thousands of subscribers that I gained last month (*cough*) for Think Home Office with my one and only article so far “10 Best Ergonomic Chairs for Neck Pain”, here’s a little something else to refresh the place a bit. And your office, obviously.
From smart pens to exercise pedals, I will give you some brief overall introductions to 9 gadgets, items and tools that I consider to be cool and useful enough to have in your battle against bad Mondays, your boss’ animalistic noises and against having an android-like aching body that longs for tickets out of repetition. Your magic wands.
These gadgets, they are not judged by their looks, or designs - although some of them are pretty unique in those aspects - but rather implementability, how handy and useful they are in fulfilling the needs most of us serial seaters didn’t know we had. In other words, the ergonomics of it all. Some of them you already know about, some you don’t, but let’s dig in nonetheless, because afterall, what’s the point of coming here without having a look?
I’m just kidding. Please don’t troll my site.
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So – two sullen looking guys walked into a bar, sat next to each other in front of the bar stand and barked orders at the bartender – who was busy flirting with an attractive white collar girl, presumably one of his colleagues – to bring them the single best house wine there was. The bartender offered them several options that were listed on the big, grand and fancily designed menu above on the granite wall, pointing out which specialties each one had and what their origins were. You know, generic bartending stuff. They looked up and – after a while of finger pointing – their faces slowly turning red and frowning, eyes squinting, bodies shaking, until one of them uttered:
“You’re literally a pain in the neck, young’un. Save my neck, zip it and get the best one”, as he wiped his nose and brushed the side ends of his hairline over the rims of the old man glasses.
The other guy nodded slightly – but not to him (or anyone for that matter) – gave the bar a panoramic look, patted his pal on the back, and said “take it easy”, then left immediately with a long sigh. After a few hours wandering about, he called his wife:
“Honey, I think we gotta get a good chair. My neck is killing me and I can’t bear being the town’s grimacer.”
“Don’t we already have lots of them?”, the wife questioned over the phone.
“Get me better ones then”, he answered.
“Better ones? Such as?”
“A chair that inspires me to sit with good posture.”
“Why all of a sudden?”
“I like wine, not whining. You should see the other guy, he can’t even choose wine for himself!”
Terrible punchline, over all unfunny and forced – but so is neck pain.Continue reading